Inspired by my decision to continue studying creative writing, here is my list of the best writing course which can be studied from home. Ranging from introductory courses to post-graduate level, there should be something here for everyone.

Writers’ News Home Study
Brought to you by the team behind Writing Magazine, these popular home study modules are reasonably priced and a good entry-level option. The Fiction Writing module is £180 and focuses on the novel, while other modules include Short Stories and Writing for Children.

The Writers’ Workshop
Offering a comprehensive range of courses, The Writers’ Workshop looks like a good option for those with a bit more money to spend and time to invest. With modules starting at £165 for the total beginner, the courses run for a number of weeks and are taught by many bestselling authors and prizewinning writers.

Creative Writing at the Open University
At undergraduate level, the OU offers level 2 & 3 courses in creative writing. Sadly their level 1 course is no longer available, but having studied with the OU I can vouch for the quality of the teaching and materials. These courses require a bit more committment, and have deadlines for assignments, but the credits count towards your degree.

MA in Creative Writing
For those interest in studying at post-graduate level, this is the course I’m currently taking, and can be studied part-time. The online route makes it ideal for any writer, wherever they live.

Other options:

  • Look around for a writing group near you. Many are run informally by qualified tutors, and will often set homework and exercises for members to try each month. This is a good way of learning about giving and receiving criticism.
  • Try your local college. Although not strictly home study, most creative writing courses have evening classes to fit around existing commitments.

Any other good ideas or courses you could recommend? Have I inspired anyone to further study? :)